A further 25 people with COVID-19 have died

Confirmed cases of the virus exceeds 21,000
  • Deborah Condon

A further 25 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, while 343 new cases of the virus have been confirmed.

According to the Department of Health, four deaths that were previously classed as COVID-related have been denotified, so the number of deaths now stands at 1,286.

There are now 21,176 cases of the virus here.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has shown that of the 20,742 cases reported to it as of midnight on April 30, 58% of cases have been female and 42% male.

Some 2,785 cases have been hospitalised, while 368 cases have been admitted to ICU.

Just over 40% of cases are aged 55 or older, while less than 2% of cases are under the age of 14.

Earlier today, the department said that the number of people with confirmed COVID-19 in ICUs has fallen to below 100 for the first time in over a month.

As of Saturday morning, there were 99 confirmed COVID patients in ICUs nationwide, along with 21 suspected cases.

COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person's body fluids (e.g. droplets from coughing or sneezing), or by touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of the virus to show. These may include a fever, a persistent cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

COVID-19 can also cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and severe breathing difficulties. Some 80% of cases will be mild to moderate, 14% will be more severe, while 6% will be critical.

The current restrictions in relation to COVID-19 are now in place until May 18. As part of these restrictions, everybody is asked to stay at home, except in specific circumstances. These include:
-Travelling to and from work in circumstances where the work is an essential health, social care or other essential service that cannot be done from home
-To shop for essential food and household goods
-To attend medical appointments
-For vital family reasons, such as caring for children or elderly people
-To take brief individual exercise within your locality, which may include children from your household, however this should be within 2km of your home. From May 5, people can exercise within 5km of their home.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

Those over the age of 70 and medically vulnerable people continue to be cocooned, however from May 5, those over the age of 70 can leave their home for exercise, as long as they stay within 5km of their home and socially distance themselves from everybody.

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, is running a national support line for older people facing difficulties due to COVID-19. The support line is open every day from 8am to 8pm, call 0818 222 024.

For more information on COVID-19, click here.


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